A powerfully small package.
Performance wise the dv3 is no slouch, matching the numbers of bigger laptops that were much more bulkier and unwieldy.
The internal fan remains on for the most part, even during web browsing; although, it remains completely silent. While running the above benchmarks the fan did kick into high gear, with a fairly audible sound. Unless you’re in a completely silent room, this will not be annoying at all. Your mileage for noise tolerance may vary, but generally it’s acceptable while under load.
All of this power does come at a price though, that of a battery life barely touching 2 hours. With the Power Saving mode enable, and the graphics automatically switching from the HD 6370M to the Intel GMA, it still didn’t make much of a difference. The Core-i5 is a pretty damn fast processor, not to mention the 7200rpm that does, minor as it is, draw more power than a 5400rpm HDD.
Heat was hardly ever an issue, surprising as the small chassis carries a pretty power CPU and a fast HDD. Speaking of which, one need not worry about the performance of this zippy drive as pretty much everything loaded up fast, all the components working in tandem to provide a very smooth experience. At no point did I ever feel that my usability was hampered by a small 13” laptop because the parts inside a very well balanced and powerful.
Ultimately the HP Pavilion dv3 represents a very nice and powerful laptop in a very small package, enough to easily do office work and play the occasional games, but don’t forget the power cord.